Robert Oscar Grondin

November 1, 1952July 17, 2016

Robert Oscar Grondin ~

Bob was born on November 1, 1952, to his parents, Tom and Mary. From a young age, Bob had a passion for learning. His life was to be dedicated to academics and higher education, a profession that would allow him to touch the lives of many.

Bob received his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and went on to teach electrical engineering at Arizona State University for over 30 years.

Bob enjoyed music, reading, traveling, hiking, and most of all, spending time with his family.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sonia; daughters, Marissa and Diana; grandson, Cruz; mother, Mary; and siblings, Dan, Louise, Kathy, and Pete, and their families.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 21, at Valley of the Sun in Chandler, AZ. Visitation begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m.

Donations are being accepted in his name at Copper Creek Inn Community (Chandler, AZ) and St. Mary's Food Bank.

Bob's family would like to thank all of the angels at Copper Creek Inn and Hospice of the Valley.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, July 21, 2016


Robert Oscar Grondin

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Jacqueline Soetan

December 17, 2016

I am sorry for you and your family's loss. May you all be comforted by God/Yahuah. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.Jacqueline Soetan


July 23, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. May your memories comfort your heart; and God help the Grondin family during this time of sorrow. Isa.41:13

Tony Rodriguez

July 23, 2016

To Sonia and the family.....
Bob was a truly amazing human being.
I am proud to have had him as a colleague and a friend.
He impacted so many.
He was very caring.
Bob will be greatly missed.

Antonio, Julia and the kids.

Tom & Dena Stevenson

July 23, 2016

I attended the Celebration of Life and was so touched by the wonderful photo's and memories shared by so many who loved Bob. My husband is under care at Copper Creek Memory Care where Diana is an Executive Director for the facility. I have met Marissa, and Sonia and little Cruz. I feel for all of you in this unexpected loss and I'm so glad you all live nearby in the area. I wish I had met Bob as he was such a loving kind man. Tom and I send our deepest sympathy to all of you and your extended family. The memories are our greatest strength and you realize how important it is to "Celebrate Life" every chance we get. May God give each of you a daily strength for the says ahead. The service was really lovely.
Tom and Dena Stevenson, Maricopa, Az.

Debbie & Chuck Kluge

July 22, 2016

We were so sorry to hear about Bob's death. He was a wonderful friend, a great co-worker, and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace and never be far from your hearts.

Daniel Rivera

July 22, 2016

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Grondin family. I was a colleague of Bob's while he was Director of Student Academic Services in the Engineering School at the Tempe campus. Bob was a consummate professional; firm but fair to students and faculty alike. Every semester I taught freshman engineering, I would ask Bob to talk to the students on matters of academic integrity; this was an invitation that Bob always eagerly welcomed. I also had many opportunities to work with him on student hearings and related academic matters. He will be sorely missed.

G T Heydt

July 22, 2016

Sincere condolences to the Grondin family. I worked with Bob on several student projects and he was always a team player, willing to spend more time than anyone, and always a student advocate. He was a tremendous resource for us.
Jerry Heydt

July 22, 2016

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Dr. Grondin (Bob). Joe and I feel blessed to have so many happy memories of Bob's kindness, sense of humor and love of family as our mentor and friend. My you take comfort that The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore-Psalm 121:8. The many fond memories that we treasure will keep him always in our hearts.
Sarah and Joe Nucci (Gilbert, AZ)

July 20, 2016

I'm writing to send my deepest sympathy and love to Professor Grondin's lovely daughter, Mari. She worked with me in the Emeritus College and though I did not know who her parents were, I could tell that they raised a wonderful daughter. Alleen Nilsen

July 20, 2016

Sonia, Harold and I are very saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. Janice and Harold Duffey (Mesa, AZ)